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Wellness Fest 2012 – Full Program released!

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Share the Love…

We end up having two posters this year!

Choose you fave and invite your friends to come along!

This beautiful green one  is done by Jenny Kemp

THANKS soooooo MUCH Jenny!

Below, it is better for a black & white copy – the logo is from Jenny Kemp and the artwork is from an unknown artist that we search for the name to as for permission, acknowledge and to thank as it express so well what we are about – specially this year!


2012 and BEyond… the season of the HEART

with Michael Roads

The energy of the world is shifting. New paradigms are opening. Energy is rising. Chaos is rising. Major Change is about to make itself known to the greater population.

This is all very well, you might think, but how does this affect me? It will affect everyone.

We are reaching the time/frame where incompatible energies are moving apart, separating. Think about this for a moment. If a person has low energy thoughts which are creating low energy emotions, then those people will be involved in low energy Change.

Equally, if a person is consciously choosing Love in their day-to-day life, then their energy is going to be of a higher order. And let us be clear about this; such people are the very few. We are entering a time where thoughts and emotions will either be in sync with the new paradigm of energies, or they will not. This will determine the continuing life path of each one of us.
All the great masters of our history have spoken of the value of Absolute Love. This has been the heart of all spiritual a teachings. Despite this, even within our different religions, we have exploited every possible means of warfare and killing, including self attack, which we continue to this day. Few people have devoted their lives to exploring the depths and dimensions of Absolute Love. The time to do this is now. This is the ‘Season of the Heart’.
Michael  wrote the first book on organic gardening in Australia, which was an immediate best seller. But it was after In 1986, after months of suffering from debilitating physical pain with no recovery in sight, Michael Roads experienced a profound transformation of consciousness. His chronic disabilities were healed within twenty minutes, as a door to higher consciousness, mystical cognition, and a holistic state of Oneness opened into his awareness. Since then has published 14 books, translated into 16 languages.
2012 marks his 21st year of traveling around the world giving profound and hugely popular talks and 5-day intensive on unconditional Love and emotional balance. He offers clear metaphysical insights and relates his unique, experiential truth in a powerful, no-nonsense format, offering pathways to our deep spiritual connection with Nature, with Self, and with awakening to our Divine potential.
Michael Roads will be at Gaia Venue at 11:30am
Books available soon after the talk


with Rhonda Ohlson

The Form (Spirit Attunement) and Feldenkrais  (Body Alignment) 

Come to the Bamboo Circle at 9.30am to experience a series of gentle sacred movements called “The Form – Reality Practice” with Rhonda Ohlson. 

Feldenkrais techniques are used in tandem with the “Form” movements to assist you in aligning your body to your spirit.

Rhonda also makes “sacred spirit sounds” to resonate with the alignment and attunement processes.

Begin to learn how to open your heart and connect with your higher self without needing to engage a process of “analysis paralysis”.

  • Express your sensitivity and ignite the fire of your peaceful heart  regardless of resistances manifested
  • Connect to the sense of freedom you had as a child
  • Engage your sense of wonder and joy 

    The Form-Reality Practice, a profound vehicle for deep transformation, originated through evolutionary teacher, Bernie Prior. www.bernieprior.orgYou can view the video:

    Rhonda Ohlson spent the first 33 years of her life in survival and damage control. For the past 30 years, her life has been a quest to be “more” than her conditioning, “more” of who she truly can be, and to share this with others.

    This has led her to learn and teach aspects of Massage, Rebirthing, The Feldenkrais  Method, Bones For Life, Sound Healing, Body Psychotherapy and most recently, The Form.-Reality Practice.”  She has helped thousands of people free their bodies and their voices from the patterns of the past, so that they can be the “more” their heart longs for.

    “I see myself as a sunflower, turning to face and follow the sun, absorbing its radiance, then, in maturity, bowing down my head, facing the East where the sun rises, and dropping my seeds into the earth to give birth to a new humanity.  Come along! I would love to meet you in the heart.”

    Check Rhonda webiste and you can contact  her on 



with Adam Bornstein

Yoga teacher since 1982, will be sharing a presentation and practise session.

Adam is the co-founder, with his wife Akash, of Radiant Light Yoga. They have been teaching and training yoga teachers here in Australia for 14 years.

Adam says, ” I am continually inspired to share this universal science of Yoga with receptive students. I am blessed to be a personal witness to the deep healing and transformation that occurs for so many individuals through yoga. Many people who never thought they could calm their restless body and mind find that it is possible through yoga’s progressive techniques. Some of the benefits include increased physical vitality, decreased tensions in body and mind, resilience to stress, and gaining a broader perspective on life. Yoga teaches that our true nature is calmness, but layers of unhealthy patterns cover up our natural peaceful self. Yoga practise can begin the process of dissolving the veils that separate us from our own inner bliss. Peace in the world starts with our own inner peace. All are invited to this session, whether you are a raw beginner or experienced, young or old, or whatever religion or cultural background you come from.”

If you have a yoga mat, cushion, and a blanket please bring it.
If not, come anyway and give yourself an opportunity to experience.



with Rob Birse

Rob developed a passion for all things organic soon after leaving school.

At some of the numerous organic festivals he and his wife Lorraine attended during the 1970’s, he first encountered the permaculture work of Bill Mollison and then discovered biodynamics at a dairy farm in Victoria in 1978.  He was immediately hooked and since that time has worked at deepening his knowledge and when circumstances have allowed, applying the BD preparations and practices in his gardening work.  He spent 8 years as gardening teacher at Samford Valley Steiner School and has run introductory biodynamics workshops for a number of years, as well as giving numerous talks.

Prior to returning to the Blackall Range earlier this year, he spent almost 18 months managing the establishment of the Compass Farm at Palmwoods, which is intended to provide meaningful work and learning opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

After almost 35 years of working with and observing biodynamics being applied on farms and gardens across Australia, Rob is still convinced that biodynamics remains at the cutting edge of agriculture.

He is committed to extending the use of biodynamics as a powerful tool for the restoration of degraded land in this region and he will be at the Wellness Fest at the Forum on Healthy Soil.



Many people are simply not aware that certain foods, cosmetics and household products contain chemicals that can cause or contribute to ill-health.  Or you may are in another category, super in tune and  have been looking for that small letters on the back of the product as in one way or another ,we all know that toxic ingredients in the products can contribute to many of our/ our family’s health problems .

What we can do? How can we choose it better?

Sure, we could say just don’t eat at all processed food, make your own body care, your own this and that.
If we are honest with ourselves and aware of what we use, we will see for sure many products around us on our daily life, such as the toothpaste!

Author of The Chemical Maze, over 10th edition and published all over the world, Bill will be here to share with us hints on how to identify the misleading information even on many ‘healthy’ products.

Bill studied and practised homeopathy, both in Australia and the UK, for over ten years.  During this time he became increasingly concerned about the detrimental effects on health caused by certain toxic synthetic chemicals in the processed foods we eat and the cosmetic and household products we use every day.

He is a researcher and writer with an interest in health education and a commitment to making a positive difference to the health of people and the environment.

You will be able to support your health by purchasing his books directly from him on the day.





with Honor Morningstar

A fabulous, fun and profound dance and movement meditation practice created by extraordinary ‘urban shaman’ Gabrielle Roth.

By moving the body you can still the mind. And in the words of Gabrielle, “Put the psyche in motion and it will heal itself”

Based on the five rhythms of






which together form a wave or waves of energy that are intrinsic in all naturally occurring phenomena.

I love these deep surging powerful rhythms…at their most profound, an invitation to awaken to our truth, at their most basic an outrageously fun opportunity to rock the body and dance!!

Basically, you’re invited to: drop into your feet drop into the beat step out of your own way and simply be the dance! You can’t get it wrong! Actually, you will feel quite good!



She is lovely! She is great! It won’t take long for her to become a gardening celebrity!

Anyone that met Leonie  Shanahan feels she has a passion for health, especially for children. 11 years ago Leonie decided to change  the eating habits of children with positive actions by setting up Edible School Garden Programs in Schools where children have the hands on experience – learning about all aspects of permaculture and organic gardening.

It all starts in the soil.  Our soils have to be full of minerals and nutrients so that our plants are taking these up and we are eating the healthiest  food  possible. Healthy soils, healthy plants, healthy you.

Leonie has now set up 20 schools, held permakids workshops, spoken at conferences and has taught and changed the eating habits of 1000’s of students, and parents too!!!

In 2010 in response to Leonie experience and realising that so many people had no garden knowledge, Leonie wrote a book that simplifies organic gardening, easy to read and full of photographs to compliment the instructions, Eat Your Garden, organic gardening for home and schools.

In 2010 Eco Films began filming Leonie program which is now available to DVD.

Both her book and DVD are relevant to schools and home gardens.




with Mark Snell

The cost of living is increasing dramatically, as the media is quick to tell us. The cost of food, retail goods and the utilities is the usual focus. These costs are nothing compared to the cost of housing, which has increased threefold compared to the average wage since the early 1980s. For most young people and many others who do not own homes, the prospect of owning their own home is remote.

Since the 1970s and before, rural landsharing communities have provided a low-cost option.  Increasingly, homes in these communities are becoming more expensive, often requiring a lifestyle change with a poorer quality of life.

Co-operative communities can be set up for affordable quality of
life, both for their founding members and for future generations.

How do you do it?
What are the opportunities?
What are the challenges?
Where do you start?

Mark Snell is chairman of Equilibrium Community Ecology Inc, a community-based non-profit eco-village group on the NSW Central Coast, which operates an online Co-operative Living Information Service ( He was written papers and spoken at a number of conferences on the topic of “Affordable Housing through Co-operative Ownership”, proposing a cost-based approach supported by a co-operative ownership fund. He has an interest in how co-operative communities are affected by planning and building law and has recently submitted a paper about owner-building to the Review of the NSW Home Building Act. Mark lived for five years at the Moora Moora Co-operative Community Ltd in Healesville Victoria, a community settlement co-operative that remains successful after more than 30 years. He continues to visit regularly. Mark is honorary editor of the Peninsula News, Woy Woy, and president of the Central Coast branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation.



Morag Gamble of SEED International (Sustainability Education & Ecological Design), is an educator-activist, design consultant and filmmaker. She works in the realms of local food, community gardens, climate change, permaculture and ecovillages and has been engaged in such projects in 20 countries.

Morag has been a visiting scholar at Schumacher College, England and taught in universities and villages around the world. Morag also co-founded Northey Street City Farm and the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network, and has been actively involved in the permaculture design, community garden and ecovillage movements nationally an internationally.

She is based at Crystal Waters Ecovillage and recently received the Sunshine Coast Living Smart Awards for their Edible Landscape.

Morag will be at the Forum Healthy Soil, Healthy Food and involved in many activities at Kids Space.




with Jessica Ainsworth

Jess is passionate about the healing powers of Ka Huna bodywork, teaching this life changing massage at Mettes Institute at Kin Kin , as well as being a practitioner from her home in Maleny/ Queensland.

She will be giving a demonstration of this beautiful, flowing massage technique and be available to answer any questions afterwards.

Contact Jess for massage or further inquiries: (07) 54999372



with Richard Giles

Be informed, be aware and prepare yourself.

Richard will update  us on the events of 2012 and 2013 with the planetary moves that give us the opportunity to move ahead from the current crisis we find civilisation in today.

Astrologer for 25 years and a Feng Shui practitioner for 12 years. He has studied the Mayan calendar and the astrology of 2012/2013 and has written and talked extensively on this period and the future ahead for us for a number of years.

Richard also uses a dowsing art called Geomancy which examines earth energies on site and EMF (electromagnetic field assessments of your house and office).




by Anna Morningstar

Anna Morningstar has been involved in natural therapies for the past 18 years.

She has extensive experience in homeopathy, kinesiology, essences and nutrition and combines these modalities to bring about natural effective healing and wellbeing for her clients. Together with her husband Peter she runs their natural therapies clinic – Optimal Health & Wellness in North Maleny. Twice a week there is a free children’s clinic available to our local community where parents can bring their children to be treated for free. Anna has extensive experience with treating children and their illnesses and her aim is to teach parents to use natural therapies to treat their children and therefore be empowered by the results.



with Shirley Zipperlen

Workshop designed to reduce stress, encourage problem solving and boost your immune system. Oh – and give you an all round jolly good laugh too!
Laughter Yoga technique is a blend of Yogic deep breathing, stretching, simulated laughter exercises and cultivated child-like playfulness.

Do you need reasons to come?According to Rob Mansfield, 10 reasons why laughter is good:

1. boosts your immune system
2. relieves pain
3. improves social life
4. relieve depressions
5. boost your relationship
6. mini work-out
7. protects your heart
8. lowers your blood pressure
9. improves your breathing
10. helps to loose weight.

Shirley Zipperlen remembers her first laughter yoga experience and why she decided to become a facilaitator: “The class was so much fun and brought such deep peace and connection to the participants. I just loved it and wanted to bring the Laughter Yoga experience to others.”

Originally from the UK, Shirley lives in Maleny/ Qld with her three gorgeous kids and offers regular classes & workshops: 0409 235 432

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF LAUGHTER YOGA: Laughter yoga or laughter therapy is not a substitute for professional medical treatment, advice or medication. You are responsible for your own well being. The following list is for guidance only – please check with your medical professional to gain medical clearance and recommendations for your personal conditions.
Hernia – Stomach ulcers – Persistent cough – Epilepsy – Heart disease – High blood pressure – Incontinence – Advanced piles – Severe back pain – Psychiatric disorders – Recent major surgery or caesarean (wait at least 3 months from surgery date).


LOWER BACK PAIN – what can you do about it?

with Peter Morningstar 

There are many reasons why people have lower back pain.

It could be because of some injury or physical trauma to the back, emotional issues such as feeling unsupported or financial or business stress or poor posture to name a few.

Determining the context (mental, emotional, physical etc) of the lower back pain, via kinesiology muscle testing, will help to determine the most appropriate healing path.

With some demonstration on how different stressors affect the lower back , we hope Peter can offer us some solutions for this common problem.

Peter Morningstar has been a kinesiology practitioner since 1994 and kinesiology instructor since 1995.

Peter and his wife Anna run their natural therapy clinic, Optimal Health & Wellness, in North Maleny where they utilise kinesiology, homeopathy and nutrition to address the physical, emotional and mental concerns of their clients.

Clinic on Homeopathy, Kinesiology & Nutrition



with Sidonie Bouchet

The feet are the mirror of the body – there are reflex areas in the feet that correspond to all glands, organs and bodily parts. Often referred to as a science, reflexology was used 5,000 years ago in both Egypt and China.

In this modern age, Reflexology is a great tool to release stress , clean impurities and toxins, improve nerve and blood supply, and balance body functions.

In this hands-on reflexology demo, participants will have the opportunity to pair up and get a taste of giving and receiving reflexology. Sidonie Bouchet will share with you techniques you can take back home to your family and friends.

Sidonie Bouchet practises Reflexology, Spiritual Healing & Colour Therapy on the Sunshine Coast.
She is a fully qualified Reflexologist from the Australian College of Natural Medicine in Brisbane since 2000.
Sidonie has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and a background in editorial publishing. With a special interest in Nutrition, she began studying Naturopathy at Nature Care in Sydney in the early 1990s. Motherhood interrupted her studies and led her to Spiritual Healing. Several years later, Sidonie worked as a Spiritual Counsellor and conducted Spiritual Healing workshops in the Samford Valley near Brisbane. Since 2000 she has gathered Lightworkers for ceremonial performances, including the Fire Event at Woodford Folk Festival. Sidonie writes and facilitates workshops at various festivals and expos on topics including Divine Union, Sacred Sexuality, Partner Reflexology, Finding Your Soul Purpose, Restoring the Lightbody with Colour, Making Love to Yourself and Kundalini Chakra Colour Dance. She has a deep resonance with the fascinating field of colour, and is currently studying Herbal Medicine at Wise Woman University.


Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for Health & Joy

with Kaelana

Experience this profound healing technique in your own hands as you join in with a live
demonstration…sharing the benefits and learning how to use it at the same time.

Kaelana has been practicing EFT since 2005.

EFT has helped me enormously in my own healing journey, without it I wouldn’t be here
on this planet. I’ve learned to use EFT for trauma & abuse (USA), healing the cycle of
addiction (USA), for serious diseases, & in many other ways with many of the original EFT
Masters via workshops & showcases. I continue to study the information rich Gary Craig
DVD’s (EFT Founder).

Recently my EFT has evolved into Faster EFT (Ireland) and is also influenced by Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine, Dowsing, NLP, Psyche-K and Access.





Robin Clayfield is facilitator, trainer, author and musician with a passion for Creative, Interactive Group work, Permaculture, Deep Ecology, Ceremony and Empowerment work. She taught over 30 PDC’s through the late eighties and nineties, created and taught Advanced Permaculture Creative Teachers Facilitation courses with Skye, led many Wild Women’s Wisdom weekends and the Cert IV in Training and Assessment course for Permaculture teachers and others in creative and sustainability industries.

Robin is the founder of ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’, a holistic learning theory and workshop program and runs the business ‘Earthcare Education’.  She facilitates at conferences and festivals and offers her consultancy work and courses all around Australia and by invitation in other countries.  Robin has birthed three books, many training kits and resources and a CD of guided journeys set to music. She also finds time to potter in the garden, live in community and be a Grandma.




with Robyn Ramsay

Adventures in Manifesting Passion and Purpose” author Robyn Ramsay was selected by Alska Publishers, along with International authors such as Marianne Williamson, Bob Doyle and Jo Vitale, to share her life stories.

Join her at the Deck venue and discover how she learned to manifest health, happiness and abundance by recognising and seizing life opportunities, sometimes during the most challenging times.



with Ilana Cowan

Let’s not even talk about the chemicals at most of toothpaste available in the market….

All of them come in that metal or plastic tube, the plastic top and with  a package!! Therefore, we do believe that make your own toothpaste is not just good for your pocket, but health and environment.

Making your own body care products save not just your money, but your health – with a great sense of self- sufficiency.

Passionate about natural body care products since the 70’s, Ilana has developed along the years a small range of simple and effective natural body care products.

Bring your toothbrush for a full experience!

No time to do your own?

You can order her tooth powder concoction and other natural products – such the famous Night Cream directly:



Theory and Practice with Richard Whitehurst

An animated speaker and story-teller, be ready to be enthralled as he takes you on a journey into your heart and teaches a powerful meditative practice that you can use to enhance whatever heart-based orientation you might have already established in your life.

Important: no experience is necessary to take part in this fun presentation.

Richard Whitehurst is a nature-centred psychotherapist who’s aim is to connect people  with nature and with the power in their hearts. He says that  much of our stress and depression comes from being disconnected from these two vital sources.

Practicing meditation for over 40 years and received training from a meditation master for over 10 years, 6 of which were lived in India where he studied Vedic psychology and philosophy.

Author with the US publisher Inner Traditions International and has spoken and lectured extensively on the topics of consciousness, personal transformation, and inner growth at universities, colleges, and educational seminars and workshops in the USA, UK, India, and Australia, as well as having appeared on a variety of TV and radio programs.



with Dolina Somerville
(BHSc) Licensed Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner


  • Worldwide, one in three people suffer from the pain of arthritis.
  • Western Medicine treatments are generally limited to drugs or surgery.
  • Many people feel that they are victims of their condition.
  • Comments such as “I have bone-on-bone and nothing can be done except surgery” are commonplace.

However, there is an alternative approach to the treatment of arthritis, which may involve between one and five of the arms of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Acupuncture or self-acupressure.
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Tui Na (Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage)
  • Chinese Dietary Therapy
  • Chinese Exercise Therapy (Qi Gong, Tai Chi etc.)

Dolina’s decision to study Chinese Medicine occurred after successful treatments for her own chronic pain.

After suffering several accidents, she developed painful arthritis in the neck, hip and knee. In severe pain, taking strong painkillers and contemplating surgery she turned to acupuncture for relief. The rest is history.

Today, she has never had the surgeries and remains pain and drug free.

A large part of her focus these days is to promote the health benefits of Chinese Medicine.

Please join this talk to hear how TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) can help with the pain of Arthritis.

Dolina is a Nationally Registered TCM practitioner. She is qualified in Acupuncture, Chinese Remedial Massage and Cosmetic Acupuncture. Part of her training was carried out at the Guangxi Traditional Chinese Medical University in PR China.

In addition to her practice in Maleny, Dolina also works at an aged Care Facility in Brisbane.

Her voluntary work includes the Woodford Folk Festival and a Crisis Centre in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

CONTACT:  38a Coral St – Maleny/ Sunshine Coast – Australia
click here for her link or call directly: (07) 5494 4196 0r 0408 693 029



by Wandu
Are you lacking fundamental (tribal) consciousness?

The absolute basic consciousness of life no matter what race, colour or creed…
What if, rather than just understanding spiritual connection as a connection of only ‘higher’ divinity, or god, you would be aware of your connection to the living, breathing earth and all that lives on it?
Tribal awareness is more than just being part of a group…it’s more than just doing shamanic journeys..It is about the inter-connectedness of all things, and your place in it.

Be involved, connected and aware.  Join Djangawu in Totemic Alternatives to Connectedness.


Apply for a stall

Gratitude to have you at the Wellness Fest 2012! 

What would be our event without great stalls? We really do appreciate your booking – we are weaving something deeper and higher together!!! It is all about create a new world, a POSITIVE CHANGE!


Please, check:

StallHolders WF12 Terms & Conditions 1– to read & agree :)

StallHolders WF12 ApplicationForm– to read, fill out and email it to Boring paper work, but we still need to comply with it… So, let’s get into it asap, so we can go ahead with what is really important!

IMPORTANT: your stall booking will be confirmed only after these 3 requirements completed:

  1. you receive an email confirmation
  2. we receive the Declaration signed
  3. the full fee paid and confirmed by 15th Sept

Great Memories from previous years…

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